I am the proud mom of a beautiful 10 year old little girl. She is my world! I graduated from Texas A&M in 2000 and taught first grade for eleven years,second grade for two years and am now starting my newest adventure in fourth grade!
I am honored to be the 2012 District Elementary Teacher of the Year for Lamar Consolidated ISD.
I was inspired by so many creative teachers and began my blog in 2010 as a way to collaborate, share and give back to an amazing community of teachers!
The first day of school can be quite the whirlwind! The best way to survive to tell about that first day each year is to follow the Girl Scout motto and "always be prepared."
A system that as always worked really well for me is the use of clear containers that have lids.
I have one container for each type of supply that I plan to collect and each container is labeled. I line these containers along the front wall of my room. I encourage the students to beginning bringing their supplies to Meet the Teacher (before school begins) so as to try to control some of the craziness that comes with the first day of school. When they arrive, the students and parents are greeted with directions for helping me with supplies. As they eagerly go through their backpacks and shopping bags, they mark what they have brought to school on their check- in list and then begin sorting the supplies in the bins that I have placed at the front of the room.
It really is that easy :)
When I am ready to leave that afternoon, I put the lids on the containers and place them in the closet with the labels facing out so that I can see them and file their check- in lists. Now, my closet and their supplies are organized and ready. I also know who has brought their supplies, still have supplies missing, and who might need a little help getting all their supplies before school beginnings.
On the first day of school, I take the containers and repeat the same procedure, except now the kiddos help me out. It has helped me every year and not only does it allow parents and students interact and become more comfortable in the classroom, but when the day is done, my supplies and my closets are organized. We are ready to start the year!!
Here are the updated and cute-i-fied labels and check list just for you! If you would like for me to send you a word document of the checklist, just let me know and I will send it to you ....just in case you need to tweak it a bit :)